By Andrew Kreig
The progressive websites OpEd News and FireDogLake have taken a lead in documenting how a right-wing agent provocateurcreated a violent police reaction Oct. 8 against peaceful Occupy Washington antiwar protesters. This shut down a Smithsonian museum and led to arrests and bloodshed. Furthermore, the role of the disrupter from The American Spectator was ignored by most mainstream news coverage so far. Instead, establishment reporters relied on pollice and museum spokespeople for spin-filled, highly dubious accounts of a demonstration that occurred in plain view near the center of the historic Mall.
My friend and editor Rob Kall, publisher of OpEd News and his colleague Cheryl Biren have shocking photos of the event to illustrate their account. She was arrested despite her clear credentials as a journalist and such important work as a the photo at left. They and other journalists below have helped piece together an account of how the confrontation escalated because of a pre-planned stunt by an American Spectator editor identified as Patrick Howley, left.
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